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    Default Enclosure venting and cooling

    Do people in or around North Carolina put vents and or fans in controller and power supply enclosures?

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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    I think people have used small muffin fans pointing down in the past. But it's not real common. I've not had to do it. What config are you concerned about?
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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    Just checking because I see people doing it on the forums. I understand living in south Florida could be an issue.
    Specifically I was wondering about pixel stuff. Specifically, 2 12V power supplies in a CG-1500 enclosure or a CG-1500 with 1 power supply and pixel controller.

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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Just checking because I see people doing it on the forums. I understand living in south Florida could be an issue.
    Specifically I was wondering about pixel stuff. Specifically, 2 12V power supplies in a CG-1500 enclosure or a CG-1500 with 1 power supply and pixel controller.
    We've had some 70 degree days in the past. You have a good point. For hot weather we should have a cooling plan. I suPpose I'd have to throw a bag over my controllers and open the door if it was hot but raining. Share some designs if you have some .. This is a good topic and I don't recall TASL addressing it in any of our meetings. Would be a good discussion topic with examples for the August TASL meeting.
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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    Here are 2 recent forums about it.
    I like jnealand approach using battery box. It's cheap and has natural vents. I have a couple and they are about the same size as his pictured.
    Review of enclosure idea

    Reply 7 is the standard approach with 60 mm fan and 2" soffit vent. Others use a 4" soffit vent and 120mm fan. Some just use the vents with no fan.
    Mounting

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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    I like the battery box approach. Of course they are not really venting the air, just stirring it up. I assume since the battery boxes are designed to allow fresh air in, there must be enough airflow to cool the controllers. Probably not nearly as much as with a fan pushing the air out, but certainly a step up from using closed up CG1500 cases (as most of us are doing). Good stuff !
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    Default Re: Enclosure venting and cooling

    Here's a good way to vent enclosures.

    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...2&share_type=t
    Can the CG-1500 Enclosure Be Improved?

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